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The Charnley House

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The Charnley House

Author : Elizabeth Collins Cromley
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Situated in Chicago's famed Gold Coast, just north of the Magnificent Mile, the Charnley house is one of the finest dwellings in the city and considered worldwide to be a stunning example of avant-garde architecture. Now the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, the house was built in 1892 at a critical moment in urban and architectural history. The Charnley House is the first authoritative publication on the building, which has long been discussed in surveys but never before examined in detail. In this collection of original essays, six well-known architectural historians illuminate various aspects of the house, both inside and out, as they consider its remarkable formal and spatial qualities, its historical significance in the development of Chicago's elite residential neighborhood, and its place in the context of American domestic architecture. Equally important, the contributors tackle the knotty, decades-old issue concerning the building's designer. While many have ascribed the scheme to Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan's chief assistant at the time, this book sheds new light on how the house relates significantly to the work of both master and apprentice. The continuing debate over the house's "authorship" highlights the importance of the Charnley house in the history of modern architecture as the seminal work of residential design in the United States. These thoroughly researched interpretations, supplemented by an abundance of never before published illustrations, analyze this house of distinction with the care and detail it deserves. Beautifully restored in late 1980s, the Charnley house now has a book worthy of it.

Frank Lloyd Wright The Early Years Progressivism Aesthetics Cities

Author : Donald Leslie Johnson
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Frank Lloyd Wright : The Early Years : Progressivism : Aesthetics : Cities examines Wright's belief that all aspects of human life must embrace and celebrate an aesthetic experience that would thereby lead to necessary social reforms. Inherent in the theory was a belief that reform of nineteenth-century gluttony should include a contemporary interpretation of its material presence, its bulk and space, its architectural landscape. This book analyzes Wright's innovative, profound theory of architecture that drew upon geometry and notions of pure design and the indigenous as put into practice. It outlines the design methodology that he applied to domestic and non-domestic buildings and presents reasons for the recognition of two Wright Styles and a Wright School. The book also studies how his design method was applied to city planning and implications of historical and theoretical contexts of the period that surely influenced all of Wright's community and city planning.

The American House

Author : Mary Mix Foley
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More than three hundred historically accurate line drawings highlight this concise, informative guide to the styles and history of American houses from pre-Revolutionary days to the present

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

Author : Linda Young
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Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom: A History addresses the phenomenon of historic houses as a distinct species of museum. Everyone understands the special nature of an art museum, a national museum, or a science museum, but “house museum” nearly always requires clarification. In the United States the term is almost synonymous with historic preservation; in the United Kingdom, it is simply unfamiliar, the very idea being conflated with stately homes and the National Trust. By analyzing the motivation of the founders, and subsequent keepers, of house museums, Linda Young identifies a typology that casts light on what house museums were intended to represent and their significance (or lack thereof) today. This book examines: • heroes’ houses: once inhabited by great persons (e.g., Shakespeare’s birthplace, Washington’s Mount Vernon); • artwork houses: national identity as specially visible in house design, style, and technique (e.g., Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Modernist houses); • collectors’ houses: a microcosm of collecting in situ domesticu, subsequently presented to the nation as the exemplars of taste (e.g., Sir John Soane’s Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum); • English country houses: the palaces of the aristocracy, maintained thanks to primogeniture but threatened with redundancy and rescued as museums to be touted as the peak of English national culture; English country houses: the palaces of the aristocracy, maintained for centuries thanks to primogeniture but threatened by redundancy and strangely rescued as museums, now touted as the peak of English national culture; • Everyman/woman’s social history houses: the modern, demotic response to elite houses, presented as social history but tinged with generic ancestor veneration (e.g., tenement house museums in Glasgow and New York).

Death in a Prairie House

Author : William R. Drennan
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The most pivotal and yet least understood event of Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated life involves the brutal murders in 1914 of seven adults and children dear to the architect and the destruction by fire of Taliesin, his landmark residence, near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Unaccountably, the details of that shocking crime have been largely ignored by Wright’s legion of biographers—a historical and cultural gap that is finally addressed in William Drennan’s exhaustively researched Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders. In response to the scandal generated by his open affair with the proto-feminist and free love advocate Mamah Borthwick Cheney, Wright had begun to build Taliesin as a refuge and "love cottage" for himself and his mistress (both married at the time to others). Conceived as the apotheosis of Wright’s prairie house style, the original Taliesin would stand in all its isolated glory for only a few months before the bloody slayings that rocked the nation and reduced the structure itself to a smoking hull. Supplying both a gripping mystery story and an authoritative portrait of the artist as a young man, Drennan wades through the myths surrounding Wright and the massacre, casting fresh light on the formulation of Wright’s architectural ideology and the cataclysmic effects that the Taliesin murders exerted on the fabled architect and on his subsequent designs. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Association

Progressive Architecture

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Vernacular Architecture Newsletter

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American House

Author : Jeffery W. Howe
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American House tells the story of the development of domestic architecture in the Untied States, from Native American longhouses, pueblos and tipis to the postmodern adventures of Frank Gehry and the new 'planned communities' exemplified by Seaside and Celebration. Architectural style - among the most visible signs of cultural values - is the primary focus of the book and the history of style in American housing is as rich and complex as the history of the country itself. An introduction provides a broad overview of the history of American houses and the forces - cultural, technological, economic and geographic - that shaped them. Subsequent chapters cover early 'folk' architecture; the colonial architecture of New England and the houses built under the influence of the Dutch, French and Spanish; the increasing refinement that came with Palladian and Federalist styles; the revival of European styles in the first half of the 19th century; early workers' housing; High Victorian style, encompassing 'stick' and 'shingle' houses, among many other developments; the eclecticism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the Prairie School: the influence of modernism and the international

Chicago Ill Charnley House 1892

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Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes

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Metropolitan Review

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Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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Chicago 98

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Charnley House

Author : Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks
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Modern Art in America

Author : Robert Myron
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Surveys the history of modern art and architecture in America, emphasizing the concepts and styles which have emerged in the twentieth century

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Chicago 97

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Frank Lloyd Wright

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A book that pulls together the results of research by several scholars to provide a fresh look at the rich heritage of ideas that Wright contributed to the theory and practice of architecture, with special emphasis on the ordering of structuring of architectural experience. An attempt is made to convey an understanding of Wright's contributions through a direct analysis of his designs as they exist or existed in reality. The authors take a different look at Wright's work in a search for clarity and understanding.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Meaning of Materials

Author : Terry L. Patterson
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In his richly illustrated Frank Lloyd Wright and the Meaning of Materials, Patterson takes an unprecedented look at more than 240 of Wright's buildings and projects - the justly celebrated triumphs as well as lesser-known, but no less telling, structures. In the book's core chapters, each devoted to a specific material, he objectively analyzes Wright's handling of wood, stone, brick, concrete block, metals, concrete, and glass. Methodically, he examines whether the form, workability, strength, and durability of each material - its essence - has been emphasized, subdued, or misrepresented in these tangible architectural "expressions". Throughout, Patterson uniquely juxtaposes the reality of Wright's "overall material sensitivity" with nearly 200 of Wright's own pronouncements on the subject. For the first time, architects, designers, and art historians see - in the truest sense - whether Wright's final achievements are consonant with his ambitious aims. Importantly, readers are encouraged to reach their own conclusions, which may differ from Patterson's own deeply felt judgments.